Dr. Gani Abazi visited the Club and gave us a broad overview of his life, his education and his growth into a key figure in the Kosovo recovery. In 2012 the Rotary Foundation awarded the Sturbridge Club a $35,000 grant to equip the Plastic Surgery Department of the University Clinical Center of Kosovo (UCCK) with surgical instruments to perform delicate reconstructive hand surgery. UCCK is a teaching hospital in Prishtina, the capital city of Kosovo, which serves the entire country of 2 million people. It is generally recognized that Kosovo is the poorest country in Europe, so there is much need for support by other countries.
Gani, a previous recipient of the Rotary Foundation’s Ambassadorial Scholarship and native of Kosovo, planned with the Prishtina-Dardania and Sturbridge Rotary Clubs, a project that would deliver both manual and powered surgical tools to UCCK. The project expanded to eventually include seven Rotary clubs in four countries.
Gani stressed Klaus’ key contributions to his growth and how influential Klaus’ efforts were not only with the Kosovo Project but also in his career. The Sturbridge Club is now in phase II of the Kosovo Project which is estimated to take two years to complete. Gani and Klaus continue to be driving forces in this project.